I think “T.A.H.I.T.I.” is the first time I’ve become completely involved in the story of an episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. rather than becoming frustrated with all the issues I see cropping up everywhere. The past few episodes have been great, so I’m excited to see this becoming a trend. It was a smart move to end with a cliffhanger a month ago because it definitely kept the audience at least interested enough to tune back in tonight, and from all the chatter it looks like most people were happy with the results.
When we left the S.H.I.E.L.D. team last, Skye had been shot by Ian Quinn and put in a chamber while Coulson and the gang tried to figure out what they could do to ensure her recovery. Coulson tries to get in touch with Nick Fury but is unsuccessful, and when they receive news that Skye is unable to breath on her own and that Coulson will have to decide whether to keep her on life support or to let her go peacefully, everyone falls apart. Melinda stomps toward the jet and takes out her feelings on Quinn while Ward and Fitz blame themselves for Skye’s injuries.
While Coulson is rushing to prevent anything from happening to Skye, Simmons questions the validity of doing everything in their power. They might be able to resurrect her, but at what cost to Skye? Is this something she would want? All of this weighs heavily on Coulson who keeps flashing back to the torture he endured to be brought back to life but seems incapable of saying goodbye to Skye.
“T.A.H.I.T.I.” shows the depth of feeling the team has developed for Skye. Coulson and May are like her parents. Ward is like an older brother. Fitz and Simmons are like cousins. These people are her family. In spite of Skye’s dark and tragic past, she has found a group of people who love her and will go to the ends of the earth to save her. I hope she gets to wake up and see it for herself.
There are maybe a dozen hints about what’s to come in “T.A.H.I.T.I.”: our intrepid agents discover a hidden medical unit on an undisclosed island where they find a GH-325 compound that revives Skye, there are people in the medical unit that are unknown to Coulson and the team, there’s the mysterious Deathlok mentioned as something Quinn is involved with, and the big reveal, the meaning behind “T.A.H.I.T.I.” Of course, since none of this is explained, we are left to our own devices to puzzle out what everything means.
Coulson finds out that “T.A.H.I.T.I.” is a chamber with a blue-bodied humanoid figure hooked up to some kind of machinery. Is it responsible for the GH-325 compound? Is it a Kree (a race of aliens that settled on Uranus and discovered sentient life on Earth and created the Inhuman race as well as cloaking technology, which would explain why the Clairvoyant could not see how Coulson was brought back from the dead)? What does this mean for Skye? If she’s injected with a compound made from something taken from the Kree, will she be an Inhuman?
I don’t think we’ve been given enough information about Skye. She could be something altogether different already, or this could be the start of her becoming a mutant. What do we really know about her? Does anyone know the details of Skye’s past?
I’m curious as to how “T.A.H.I.T.I.” will tie in with a visit from Lady Sif. I also hope we get some answers to our questions, namely why the medical unit is not strictly a S.H.I.E.L.D.-run operation, and what that body was doing in the “T.A.H.I.T.I.” chamber. If the rest of the season is like the past few episodes, I’m anticipating a thrilling ride!